|Solid Lubrication in Machine Components for Dry Running Systems
|Dr Raj Shah
|Mr Sharon Lin
Mr Blerim Gashi
|Koehler Instrument Company, Inc.
Abstract Information :
Tribology is the study of the interaction between contact surfaces, which include properties like friction, lubrication, and wear. The reliability of industrial machinery and automobiles is affected by the force of friction on the mechanical parts. The force of friction leads to wear and an increase in the temperature of the machine which not only affects the efficiency but also affects the consumption of power of the machinery. To prevent this, a lubricant is usually applied to the surface. Traditional lubricants are mixtures of hydrocarbons derived from crude oil and various additives. It is then applied between two contact surfaces to alter the tribological properties, such as anti-wear and friction. An ideal lubricant has a low coefficient of friction, improves wear resistance, and works well under extreme pressure. Prominent solid lubricants include molybdenum disulfide and graphite. Research efforts understanding the solid lubrication mechanism offers further insights towards improving lubricant applicability range and effectivity in specialized or extreme industrial environments.rn